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August 15, 2012 3:57:44 AM

Hello everyone, Josh Stone here. I've pretty much been getting the general build of my computer down in the past couple weeks, and am seriously considering the purchase of a GTX 690 as my video card. I am aware of the price yes yes ! I really want to know if the rest of my build will work with it.

CPU - Intel Core i5-2500k 3.3 GHz Quad Core
Cooler- Hyper 212 Evo
Mobo- ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155
Memory- 4GB Corsair Dominator x2
Power Supply - 600W
Asus VE248Q 24"

I realize that with the current monitor I own, I am not completely utilizing the 690. I am planning to purchase a 2560x1600 monitor sometime in the near future and more than that want a video card that will be able to play games on Ultra with every bit of eye candy turned up for as long as possible,

So yeah, the real question is am I good to go to put the GTX 690 in? I'd appreciate the help.

Thanks.

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a b U Graphics card
August 15, 2012 4:02:00 AM

What is the model of your PSU? I'm more concerned about that more than anything ATM :) 
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August 15, 2012 4:09:54 AM

mocchan said:
What is the model of your PSU? I'm more concerned about that more than anything ATM :) 


+1^
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August 15, 2012 4:26:03 AM

Shoot me some good models/manufacturer's and then some to definitely avoid.

What I had in mind was actually a Antec 500W ATX12V. I didn't even really think into it that much as the individual models making a difference over the Watts, but I could see how now.

Should I go with a higher wattage or different one period ?

Thanks.
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August 15, 2012 4:27:27 AM

liveanimals said:
Shoot me some good models/manufacturer's and then some to definitely avoid.

What I had in mind was actually a Antec 500W ATX12V. I didn't even really think into it that much as the individual models making a difference over the Watts, but I could see how now.

Should I go with a higher wattage or different one period ?

Thanks.


Well some brands to avoid are those cheapos like Diablotek, Ultra, Apevia, and SOME Cooler Master PSU's.

It's recommended a minimum of 650w for a GTX690, however, I prefer to leave some extra headroom on my PSU's, so I will recommend you 750w models.

Here are my recommendations -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <-80+Gold
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, you may want to look at these charts :) 
http://www.overclock.net/t/1273746/radeon-7970-will-out...
The GTX680 CUII TOP performs extremely well even at the massive resolution of 2560x1600. It may be something to consider to save you some money.
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August 15, 2012 4:30:31 AM

The good:

Seasonic
Corsair tx, hx, and ax models...occasionaly the cx
pc power and cooling
xfx

The bad:
rosewill
antec (not necessairly bad, just not recommended for parts such as a gtx 690. It's more deserving)
Raidmax (actually anything with the suffix "max" is typically bad with the exception of enermax.)
apevia
thermaltake

The ugly:
Diablotek
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a b U Graphics card
August 15, 2012 4:33:03 AM

DeusAres said:
The good:

Seasonic
Corsair tx, hx, and ax models...occasionaly the cx
pc power and cooling
xfx

The bad:
rosewill
antec (not necessairly bad, just not recommended for parts such as a gtx 690. It's more deserving)
Raidmax (actually anything with the suffix "max" is typically bad with the exception of enermax.)
apevia
thermaltake

The ugly:
Diablotek


I would argue about Antec, but other than that I generally agree. Some Rosewill PSU's are actually pretty good as well, same with Thermaltake.
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August 15, 2012 4:42:54 AM

mocchan said:
I would argue about Antec, but other than that I generally agree. Some Rosewill PSU's are actually pretty good as well, same with Thermaltake.


Yeah, I was a bit iffy listing some of those PSUs. I just felt the gtx 690 was more deserving of a brand such as Seasonic or Corsair.
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August 15, 2012 4:44:18 AM

DeusAres said:
Yeah, I was a bit iffy listing some of those PSUs. I just felt the gtx 690 was more deserving of a brand such as Seasonic or Corsair.


Ahhh I see :)  thanks for clarifying that.
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August 15, 2012 4:47:27 AM

Thanks for all the quick replies and good suggestions ! I'll remember those, and might purchase the 750.


Besides the PSU I should be good to go for a 690 though? I will definitely consider the 680 CUII TOP, but either way want to make sure I'll be good.

It definitely would save some money, but would the 690 not have a better longevity in terms of maintaining top of the line results as requirements move forward ? If I'm already going to spend that 5-600 on a card and have to either SLI it or buy a newer card as time goes on I might rather just spend the bucks up front and have something to last longer.

Thanks again for quick replies ya'll kill it.
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August 15, 2012 4:49:56 AM

You do have a point about the SLI in the future to maintain top performance.

If you get the GTX690, you'll be able to hold the performance crown for certainly a LONG time. Much like how the GTX590 still performed better when the HD7970/GTX680 came out.
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August 15, 2012 4:52:26 AM

liveanimals said:
Thanks for all the quick replies and good suggestions ! I'll remember those, and might purchase the 750.


Besides the PSU I should be good to go for a 690 though? I will definitely consider the 680 CUII TOP, but either way want to make sure I'll be good.

It definitely would save some money, but would the 690 not have a better longevity in terms of maintaining top of the line results as requirements move forward ? If I'm already going to spend that 5-600 on a card and have to either SLI it or buy a newer card as time goes on I might rather just spend the bucks up front and have something to last longer.

Thanks again for quick replies ya'll kill it.


Yup, other than the PSU, you're good to go.

And no problem; glad we could help. :) 
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August 15, 2012 4:53:53 AM

That's definitely what I'm trying to do.

I'm sure i'll be back on here soon without a doubt :D 

Take it easy !
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a b U Graphics card
August 15, 2012 4:58:05 AM

:)  Glad to be of assistance! Have fun!
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